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Freezing Your Eggs in Wisconsin

In the recent years, many women have become interested in egg freezing as a fertility preservation technique. With egg freezing, women freeze their eggs when they are healthy and viable so they can be used in an IVF cycle to achieve pregnancy in the future.

Women can choose egg freezing for social or medical reasons. Some social reasons include not having yet met the right partner to raise a family with, or having career or educational goals they’d like to achieve first. Other women may be a candidate for medical reasons, such as if they must undergo treatments like chemotherapy that can leave
them infertile.

If you are considering egg freezing, many fertility clinics recommend you do so while you are in your late 20s or early 30s. That’s because egg quality is highest when you are younger and decreases as you age.

How Does Egg Freezing Work?

When you begin the egg freezing process, you’ll first undergo some tests, which may include lab work and ultrasounds. Then, you’ll start with ovarian stimulation, a treatment that helps your ovaries produce multiple eggs. When these eggs have matured, you’ll begin the harvesting process, which will begin about 36 hours after you’ve received a “trigger shot.”

Your eggs will be harvested while you are under anesthesia. Using an ultrasound-guided hollow needle, your fertility doctor will remove your eggs. Then, they will be frozen.

Fertility clinics generally prefer to use a procedure called vitrification to freeze the eggs. With this new procedure, eggs are frozen very rapidly, which prevents the formation of ice crystals and allows eggs to thaw out more safely.

Where Can I Freeze My Eggs? has a database of reproductive endocrinologists in Wisconsin. To find one near you, type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search on our website.

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